Do you get the sense that your team members are burnt out, unmotivated and overall not happy?
Those are all signs that your team’s morale is down.
“Morale is the capacity of a group of people to pull together persistently and consistently in pursuit of a common purpose,” says sociologist Alexander Leighton in this source.
This is a big problem that must be addressed quickly, as low team morale leads to employees that are not excited to come to work, which means their productivity will be down, as will your sales.
Whether you have just experienced a busy season or a poor quarter resulting in the termination of several employees, there is always a time when team building exercises should be utilised to improve team morale!
Let Them Choose A Philanthropic Initiative
People like to feel good about themselves, and there’s nothing that does that as well as doing something for someone else.
Provide your employees with this opportunity by letting them choose a company-wide philanthropic initiative.
Whether they will choose to raise funds for a cause, volunteer at a local charity or endorse a community clean up project, it will give them a chance to come together for something other than work, improve communication and get to know each other.
This will promote teamwork inside the office, while also boosting morale because of doing good deeds.
Put Together A Sports League
There’s nothing that can unite a team more than fighting for a common goal.
Whether you form a soccer or rugby league, you will present your employees with the opportunity to get out of the office, have fun together and really work as a team.
Don’t forget that exercise releases endorphins, where are feel good chemicals that lead us to feel good!
Combining endorphins with teamwork will improve employee morale on the field and in the office.
Another way to build morale is to unite the colleagues in a fun activity!
To promote healthy competition, divide the people into two teams, providing them with supplies to build a device to drop an egg up to 8 feet without breaking.
The teams will each test their device upon completion.
The egg drop promotes teamwork by improving communication, providing a common goal and raising the levels of fun to break up the monotony of the workday.
Remember that building morale through teamwork doesn’t require any special activity.
Simply going to a happy hour or organising a potluck is enough to get your employees together, relaxing and getting to know each other.
Head of Training and Development
Originally published: 7 November, 2017